Talos Energy Inc. (TALOS) and the Stone Energy Corporation merged into “Talos Energy” this last May, making waves in the energy and production industry. The two independent oil and gas companies have a history of intuitive asset management and strategic development. While Stone was navigating financially strenuous waters after filing for bankruptcy in late 2016, Talos is no stranger to turning around struggling assets. The merger of the publicly traded Stone Energy Corp and Talos Energy Inc. allowed Talos Energy to go public without the associated cost of an initial public offering.
Former Talos Energy Inc. CEO and now Talos Energy CEO, Tim Duncan commented on the merger, “This is a transformational combination, in which shareholders will greatly benefit from our increased scale and liquidity. Talos is very well positioned to capitalize on its high-quality asset portfolio and returns focused capital programs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and offshore Mexico, as well as take advantage of potential business development opportunities. We deeply appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in getting us to this point.” Duncan’s efforts were more than admirable in orchestrating the $2.5 billion-dollar merger as the CEO spent four months getting the deal together.
As the industry rebounds from the 2015 price collapse of oil, recent developments have seen the price of oil increase to over $60 dollars per gallon. America’s oil and gas companies are poised to serve the energy needs of the nation as domestic crude oil production reached a steady peak late in 2017. Talos Energy will also see an increased oil production as result of the merger and stands to produce 47,000 barrels a day. Further, the new company has assets with proved reserves of 136 million barrels of oil equivalents. The new company will maintain 1.2 million combined gross acres in the Gulf of Mexico with roughly 160,000 acres being off the coast of Mexico.
Increased Financial Flexibility
Upon completion of the merger the new company Talos announced it had entered into a new credit facility agreement with an initial Borrowing Base of $600 million dollars, in which $300.0 million is available. Further, the new company has a liquidity of $450 million dollars which includes roughly $150 million of cash on hand, net of transaction related costs. The new company also boast Pro forma Year-End 2017 2P Reserves, at SEC pricing, of approximately 205 MMBoe (roughly 80% liquids), of which approximately 150 MMBoe were proved reserves. This increased financial flexibility paired with the independent producer’s ability to stay nimble among market pressures will surely lead to innovation in the E&P sector.
Newly Announced Financial and Operating Guidance
The new Talos energy has just released it’s financial and operating guidance for 2018 and things are looking up. CEO, Tim Duncan stated, “We are pleased to present…a detailed view on the company and its strategy, which outlines Talos’ high-quality portfolio on both sides of the Gulf of Mexico, and value proposition as the largest pure-play public company in the basin. Our guidance reflects a strong free cash flow generating business, with our capital program being internally financed, while effectively managing our liquidity and maintaining balance sheet flexibility. We believe this flexibility will allow us to be a natural consolidator in the basin.”
Some highlights of the Financial and Operating Guidance include:
- An expectation that Talos Energy will generate positive free cash flow after debt service in 2018 – on a pro forma basis – and also in 2019, while investing in the development of its high-quality US Gulf of Mexico assets, appraise the Zama discovery offshore Mexico and continue its high-impact exploration programs both in the US and Mexico
- Successfully drilled Mt. Providence well in January 2018, which is expected to be completed and brought online by September 2018
- Tornado #3 well is expected to be spud in 4Q 2018 with first oil expected in 2Q 2019
For a complete picture of the new companies Financial and Operating guidance, visit the company’s website at https://www.talosenergy.com/news/press-release-details/2018/Talos-Energy-Announces-2018-Financial-And-Operating-Guidance-Provides-Initial-2019-Outlook-And-Operations-Update/default.aspx
The Proven Leadership of Tim Duncan
Any independent oil and gas company requires the leadership of a dynamic and forward-thinking CEO. One of Mr. Duncan’s earlier success shed’s light on his ability to successfully turn around assets that many integrated oil and gas producers consider too risky. In 2005, Hurricane Rita struck Phoenix oil field capsizing the platform that serviced the field. In 2006, Sr. Vice President of Phoenix Exploration Company LP, Tim Duncan, acquired an interest in Phoenix field from Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation. Mr. Duncan quickly turned this disaster into hub of productivity and the phoenix field is now Talos’ largest asset.
Discovering and securing the Mexican offshore, Zama-1 field was also a personal achievement of Duncan’s that is showing signs of long-term success. After an 80-year halt on private development of Mexican oil fields, Talos teamed up with U.K.-listed Premier Oil and Riverstone-backed Sierra Oil & Gas to drill a 1,000-foot indicator well in Zama-1. The exploration proved to be a success as the group hit oil-saturated sandstone that is estimated to contain 2 billion barrels of oil which could be developed and flowing in a five-year timeframe.
Tim Duncan’s refusal to become stagnate has positioned the newly merged Talos Energy to become a promising producer in the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Coast regions. Keep an eye on Talos Energy to stay abreast of the independent oil and gas producer’s imminent growth and development
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